It’s crunch time. To make things easier, here’s a one-stop shop for the best toys for every kid, from the future baker to the future architect to the toddler who just won’t stop pulling off their booties. See below, and if you’re interested in any deeper dives, we’ve also got toys for 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds, the hottest toys of the year, the hottest toys that aren’t sold out, and the best novels for 11-year-olds.
For the kid obsessed with fads
Everyone has this, and if they don’t have it, they really, really want it. You can still get it before Christmas for $50.
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For the kid who prefers human babies over monkeys
For the kid who needs to be first on the new thing
And for those who really wish fidget spinners were still a thing, here’s a whole fidget combo set.
For the kid who watches unboxing videos
The mini-dolls at the center of this sphere are wrapped in seven layers of cellophane, each layer unveiling a new sticker or keepsake. Heads-up, your little one might try to film themselves opening this for YouTube fame.
For the kid who knows about Princess Di
The robe Prince George wore to meet Obama can also be monogrammed. Very royal.
For the kid who’s just learning how to walk
For the kid who keeps tearing off their booties
For the kid who likes mazes and riddles
In this game, you’re handcuffed to the board until you solve enough mazes and puzzles to escape. First one out wins.
For the kid who loves suspense
For the kid who loves suspense, water fights, and dogs all together at once
Go around a circle pouring water on the soggy dog. The joy is in finding out who this cute thing is going to shake off on.
For the kid who has baskets full of collectibles
For the future architect
These colorful magnetic tiles stack and combine in infinite varieties.
For the kid who’s still obsessed with their Hatchimal from last year
Last year’s fad was Hatchimals, and this year’s follow-up is Hatchimals Surprise. The surprise is twin Hatchimals. As your child watches them hatch and then grow from baby to toddler to kid, the twins also respond and interact with one another, telling secrets between themselves, playing games, and dancing.
For the kid who never wants to leave the zoo
Tyler’s a baby tiger who’ll playfully pounce and nuzzle when you pet him. His favorite chew toy is a rubber chicken.
For the kid who’s in band
For the kid who’s into “flip stuff”
Flip is the new fad of things made out of sequins that flip back and forth, with different colors on each side. It’s fun, it’s glittery, and tweens love it.
For the kid who just wants to relax in a bath
For the budding hunter
For the kid who’s into mini-robots
For the kid who loves Legos
Now they can build their very own IRL Minecraft field.
For the kid who wishes Legos were more like balloons
Oonies are little sticky balloons that you inflate and then attach to each other. Each box of Oonies also comes with add-ons — like connectors, pellets, and eyes — so that you can create jungle animals out of your sticky balloons and then make long chains of them.
For the kid wearing ten friendship bracelets
Digiloom is a digital loom. You design friendship bracelets and necklaces on a computer program, and then send that information over to the loom. Press a single button, and then sit back as the loom weaves together your very own designs.
For the kid who loves hopscotch
For the kid who’s still not over Snapchat’s dancing hot dog
Merge is an augmented-reality video game, much like that very hot dog. You hold your phone up in front of the cube (or put your phone in a VR-like headset and look at the cube), and the boring plastic box becomes a whole new world of games, challenges, and activities to play with.
For the kid who took baby DJ classes
It looks like a kids’ fitness band, but it’s actually a device that senses when you move your arms and legs, and creates a specific beat and song based on that flailing, each body part controlling a specific sound.
For the toddler who loves to organize
A shape sorter — in pleasantly muted and pastel colors — that also has a sound for each corresponding shape. For kids just learning their shapes and colors.
For the kid who’s ready to be a mom already
For the kid on the go
For the kid who wants some competition
Artist Blanca Gómez designed this game to be hung up in any doorway. The beanbags look like little birds.
For the kid abstract artist
Start drawing with green, and your picture will come out in yellow and blue and whatever colors they look like mixed together, too.
For the future baker
For the young scrapbooker
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